Armando Torres has taken both the SAT and ACT programs from Undergrad Prep.
When we first met Armando, he was already a competitive student at the top of his class. He had a high GPA and he was already extremely active in extracurricular activities.
The problem? His ACT scores were only slightly above average. With his GPA and those scores, despite his involvement in sports and student government, he was looking at a lower-tier UC school or a mid-tier private university.
The good news is that he was the kind of student to stay after class and ask questions. You could tell this kid would put the necessary work in to improve his score.
This wasn't going to be easy. Armando's home life was shaky. His mother lived in Central California and Armando shared a one-bedroom apartment with his father. Armando would wait until his father went to sleep to stay up late and finish his homework before going to sleep on the couch of their one-bedroom apartment.
In the summer of 2017, right before Armando's senior of high school, Armando arrived home to find his father dead.
This didn't deter Armando. Determined to complete his senior year of high school at his original high school, Armando slept at the homes of friends and sometimes in his car until he was able to get the money to rent a room in someone's house.
Throughout this ordeal, Armando persevered and worked with Undergrad Prep to improve his test scores. Through a combination of private and classroom instruction, Armando raised his scores in both the ACT and SAT to the point that he was definitely in reach of some top-tier UC schools.
Stanford, though, seemed like a stretch.
Board Member Abby Kanarek, a private college counselor, worked with Armando on his applications.
From there, it was a waiting game.
In the spring of 2018, Armando was accepted into every single school to which he applied. UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
Armando Torres will be attending Stanford University in the fall as a member of the Class of 2022.
Armando's story is just one story of many that we hear at Undergrad Prep.